Missing: The Complete Saga is fighting the menace of child sex trafficking, and it’s out to make a difference. It’s up on Kickstarter for a few more days.
Missing: The Complete Saga might just be one of the most important games happening in the industry right now. It’s taking a realistic, grounded look at child sex trafficking, without metaphor or implication. This is a game where you actually play a girl escaping child sex trafficking. When it comes to games working to make a change, it doesn’t get any more real than this.
The game is the brainchild of Indian activist and artist Leena Kejriwal, who has worked in the anti-trafficking space for 15 years now. Last year, she was responsible for spearheading the original Missing, an art project and mobile game that won the NASSCOM Indie Game of the Year. Coding and development is being handled by Kolkata-based Flying Robot Studios.
While the original game was a mostly point-and-click adventure prototype, Missing: The Complete Saga will be a full-on 3D role-playing game that follows the protagonist Champa from her childhood through adulthood. Along the way, you’ll be responsible for everything from what skills Champa picks up to what career she picks, and how she escapes the evil of human trafficking. The flow of the game, as well as the ending, will depend on the choices you make.
The game is up on Kickstarter right now, and is approximately $5,000 short of its target. The Kickstarter ends this Wednesday, 30th August, so you’d best hurry if you’d like to help fund it. You can also check out the original Missing prototype for iOS, Android or PC.
Missing: The Complete Saga is expected to release in April 2018, but as that’s a Kickstarter estimate, I’d take it with a grain of salt. It’s unclear what platforms the game will release on, but Android, iOS and PC seem likely given the prototypes.
There’s nothing quite like Missing, but if you’d like some more character exploration, check out the Austria-made The Lion’s Song. For some more non-violent role-playing, have a look at Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.